Cyber surfing: Friday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 25:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at how the key to the Seahawks’ run defense starts with its super-sized front line: “And in this case, the Seahawks’ strength is just that: their strength. Seattle’s defensive line is so stout it forced the past two opponents to shy away from deploying their Pro Bowl running backs. The Ravens’ Ray Rice got only five carries in the Seahawks’ upset two weeks ago while the Rams’ Steven Jackson was held to 42 yards — his second-lowest output of the season — last week in St. Louis. Seattle’s four starting defensive linemen average 303.3 pounds, which isn’t all that heavy. It ranks 11th of the league’s 32 teams, but fourth heaviest among teams that use the 4-3 defense with four down linemen.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at punter Jon Ryan, and his Pro Bowl-worthy efforts through the first 10 games: “Asked what’s been the driving force for Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan’s productive season so far, long snapper Clint Gresham pointed to the long, ginger-colored locks – the kind that would make a heavy metal drummer proud – he shaved off just before the season started. ‘Honestly the most important thing that he’s done differently this year is cut his hair,’ deadpanned Gresham. ‘It’s kind of like the reverse Samson effect. And he’s just all power.’ Ryan, who turns 30 on Saturday, would like to believe there’s more to it than that. In his fourth season with Seattle, the Canadian – born in Regina, Saskatchewan – has combined a tireless work ethic with a good deal of talent to develop into one of the best punters in the league.“

John Boyle at the Everett Herald does a little early Christmas shopping on Black Friday and picks up this gift for Pete Carroll: “What he needs is a franchise quarterback. The good news for you the gift giver, however, is that the always optimistic Carroll will be able to smile and put a positive spin on anything you get him. Yes, even that ugly Christmas sweater will be beautiful and have him pumped and jacked from now until New Years Day.”

Tim Booth of the Associated Press, via, looks at Leroy Hill, and how the linebacker is making up for lost time after missing just about all of last season: “When Carroll threw on the film of last Sunday’s 24-7 win over St. Louis, he didn’t point out Hill’s second sack of the year where he blew through the line to plant Rams QB Sam Bradford. Instead, Carroll pointed out a trio of plays where Hill ran all the way across the field trying to help make a tackle. They are the plays that Carroll loves and the type that could give Hill a future in Seattle beyond this season. ‘You always wish you could make more plays, but a lot of the plays you make aren’t in the stats,’ Hill said. ‘I wish I could have made more critical plays, but in terms of performance I think I’ve been playing pretty well.’ ”

Here at, we profile Anthony Hargrove, the against-all-odds defensive linemen who arrived in Seattle this season with quite a story to tell: “Where to start with this tale that deserves to be made into a movie, and not just another story on another website? ‘If half the stuff I’ve read about you is true, it’s pretty amazing that you’re sitting here being interviewed for this story,’ Hargrove was told as he settled into a chair outside the locker room. Hargrove laughed and said, ‘Well, more than half of it is true. You want to start at the beginning?’ ”

We’ve also got a Turkey-day recap of the Seahawks’ activities in “Thursday in Hawkville,” as well as Tony Ventrella’s weekly “Seahawks Insider” and his special Thanksgiving Day edition of “Seahawks Daily.”

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